Between 2005 & 2011, according to a 57 country Gallup Poll, the number of religious people fell from 77% to 68%, and the number of atheists rose from 3% to 13%.
Will Religion ever totally disappear? The more urban, wealthy and secure a nation is, the more likely it is to reject religion.
Disaster seems to spark the need for religion in many. Christchurch, New Zealand, saw a large awakening after the earthquake in 2011, even if the rest of country remained secular as before.
But overall, even in poorer countries, religion is in decline. Very few places are more religious now than they were 40 years ago. Will we see the end of religion?
Human beings naturally want to believe that they are a part of something bigger, that life isn’t completely futile. Young children, regardless of their cultural background, are inclined to believe that they have an immortal soul – that their essence or person existed somewhere prior to their birth, and will always continue to exist. Many around the world who explicitly say they don’t believe in a god still harbour superstitious tendencies, like belief in ghosts, astrology, karma, telepathy or reincarnation.
What do you think? Are the days of religious belief behind us, is this the final goodbye? Or will belief continue to evolve as our concepts alter?